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The Many Deaths of the Black Company (Chronicle of the Black Company) [Paperback]

Glen Cook
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5 Jan 2010 Chronicle of the Black Company
“Let me tell you who I am, on the chance that these scribblings do survive. . . .

“I am Murgen, Standardbearer of the Black Company, though I bear the shame of having lost that standard in battle. I am keeping these Annals because Croaker is dead, One–Eye won’t, and hardly anyone else can read or write. I will be your guide for however long it takes the Shadowlanders to force our present predicament to its inevitable end....”

This omnibus volume comprises the novels Water Sleeps and Soldiers Live.

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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (5 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765324016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765324016
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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GLEN COOK lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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3.0 out of 5 stars End of the Road 17 Oct 2010
The final two Black Company novels (thus far). Has the journey over the last six books really been worth it? Yeah, I'd say so.

It does seems like Cook wrote himself into a few corners here or didn't really know where he was heading in the first place. Cook rushes along at breakneck speed (especially in the final novel) but even I managed to notice some lazy writing on his part, despite how caught up I got. I don't know if Cook really needed to kill off as many characters as he did too ("Many Deaths" being an appropriate title for this omnibus). I know Cook had always skipped major events in the past and has been notably unsentimental but there are times here when you wanted him to acknowledge the passing of some characters more than he did. His lack of mourning seemed a little gratuitous at times.

I think it's fairly easy to be critical of these last six Black Company novels, if only because they can't match up to the original trilogy. But, at the end of the day, I've read them all and even these last two were still a blast. Not perfect by any means (sometimes you'll wonder why Cook writes the plot the way he does) but if - like me - you've enjoyed the ride thus far then you'll definitely get something from this finale too.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The first stumble of this series. 26 Mar 2013
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I have enjoyed this series very much. It's had some ups and downs but generally It's engaging and keeps you reading.

Unfortunately after some great books this is where the series hits a bum note. It happens.

This is one of those where the author ditches nearly all the characters your invested in and brings those who you don't know, don't like or don't care about to the front. It's brutal. It has taken me weeks to read just 130 odd pages and If I hadn't enjoyed the previous books so much I would have chucked this in the bin by now.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The death of a promising series 13 Sep 2010
By R. M. Lindley VINE VOICE
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Yes, it does do what it says on the tin/cover. Previously, the Black Company novels were good on action, good on characterisation and poor on description. The Many Deaths... returns to the narrative, epic style of telling that deliberately aims to recreate a sense of myth, but does so at the expense of the characters themselves.

There are many, many deaths of characters I had come to like that are glossed over - "and then X died" or "at then end of the battle, Y and Z were dead" are not fitting ends for our heroes and villains.

Yes, I know this is kind of the point, but ultimately it was unsatisfying. There are some good points and the resolution to the tales of Croaker and Lady are good, but overall I felt this was a bad end to the Company. Soldiers live, and wonder why - you may too after reaching the finale.
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4.0 out of 5 stars In Good Condition 28 Sep 2013
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The book is in excelent condition and arrived as planned. Recomended Seller. Thank You.
El libro llegó en excelentes condiciones y el día estimado. Vendedor recomendado. Gracias.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Conclusion of a Military Fantasy Noir Epic 8 Jan 2010
By John T. Miller IV - Published on Amazon.com
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"Darkness wars with darkness as the hard-bitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must. They bury their doubts with their dead. The Black Company, dirty deeds done dirt cheap." So begins the Chronicles of the Black Company, perhaps the first book ever published in a genre that is now called Dark Fantasy.

The Many Deaths of the Black Company is an omnibus containing reprints of the second half of the Glittering Stone saga, a four book series continuing the tale of the Black Company, which was first published between 1996 and 2000. If you have not read the original Black Company series, the characters and plot may prove overwhelming. I recommend you start with the first novel, Chronicles of the Black Company. You will not be disappointed.

"Water Sleeps" and "Soldiers Live" are the books contained within The Many Deaths of the Black Company. They conclude a series which has been nearly two decades in the making. While initially published to little fanfair, The Black Company is now viewed as a revolutionizing force within Fantasy literature. His works are known for their mature and realistic setting, epic scope, military focus, morbid humor and gritty prose.

The original editions of these two books are now extremely rare and regularly sell for 30+ dollars each. This is their first republication in the modern era, get them while you can. Rumors abound that Glen Cook plans a return for the Black Company but these books have yet to materialize. Until then: Here ends the annals of The Black Company.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting end 15 Mar 2011
By Jeff K. Tillman Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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Though the last few books had some spots that were hard to get through, "The Many Deaths of the Black Company" pulls you along and keeps you guessing. Though I finished this book less than a month ago, I'm already going back through the series. If you read the first three omnibuses, you obviously had every intention of finishing the series but let me encourage you by saying that "Water Sleeps" and "Soldiers Live" are among my favorite books of the series. If you haven't read the other books, obviously do so first because nothing in these books will make sense otherwise. In closing, this is a perfect end to an almost perfect series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Read 23 July 2010
By Joseph A. Buono - Published on Amazon.com
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Word of warning: if you like your fantasy fluffy and with elves, stay far away from the Black Company!

Glen Cook's Black Company novels are meaner than a basket full of rattlesnakes and tougher than old boot leather. It's a dark world full of evil sorcerers, all of whom fear the men of the Black Company. They are a band of veteran mercenaries for whom kicking ass and taking names are all in a day's work, and impossible missions just another nut to crack. This is down to earth epic fantasy that trudges through the mud and the blood.

The Many Deaths of the Black Company is the fourth of four omnibus editions. If you haven't read any of these books yet, start with The Chronicles of the Black Company, and then the Books of the South and The Return of the Black Company. Many Deaths contains the novels Water Sleeps and Soldiers Live, the last two books that wrap up the series (although Cook stated in a 2006 interview that he has two more unpublished ones, A Pitiless Rain and Port of Shadows). You will have much more enjoyment starting from the beginning.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Fantasy for Cheap 26 Dec 2012
By C. Helser - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been caught up reading this book and cannot help fear finishing this series. Glen Cook does a wonderful job changing up the view points enough to where the book looses the tedium that many other series tend to have a hard time shaking. I recommend the Black Company series for anyone who likes fantasy, battles, cloak and daggers, with character consistency. If you see this book for 12 bucks or lower I recommend it for a good time killer.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Soldiers Live. And Wonder Why... 21 Nov 2010
By Micah J. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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Soldiers live. And wonder why... Its a great theme and fitting for this Glenn Cook series. Rather than going out with a bang, some of the Black Company members live on. Not in a heroic or exciting manner, but with sadness and sense of loss.

The first three Black Company books were brilliant and delightfully disturbing for me. Glenn Cook left the typical realm of fantasy and abandoned the stories of kings and elves. The focus on realistic military fantasy was a nice change of pace. Years later I believe we see the effects of Cook's writings when reading Erikson, GRRM, or Abercrombie.

All that being said, I think this series really fizzled out. Im not sure I fully believe these later stories of the Black Company needed to be told. The last novels dragged out slowly and became hard to read. The drudgery of everyday living of the soldiers became depressing to me after 10 novels. Aspects that were new and intriguing in the first novels were now commonplace. I understand that a lot of this was intentional from Mr Cook, but Im just not sure why these final novels were written. I respect and admire Mr Cook, but I would like to see him move on to less tilled ground. Eventually that which was once groundbreaking becomes well trod.

Soldiers live and wonder why. The Black Company novels live on and I wonder why...
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